“As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
“You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property” ( Mark 10:17-22).
This young man could have been the 13th disciple of Christ! What an invitation, but at the mention of the requirement to become a “steward” rather than an “owner,” he balked and left.
But he left too soon.
Jesus requires that same thing of anyone who would follow Him… to no longer be “owners” but rather “stewards.” What I have is no longer my own. My life, my mind, my computer, my skills and my talents are no longer “mine.” I may use them and enjoy them, but they are His! My abilities, my money, even my potential… all are no longer mine, but His to use for His purposes only.
But here’s the interesting thing about it all… this “could-have-been disciple” left too soon. He didn’t read verse 29 and 30! It defines those who have left if all to follow Him. Read what it says!
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
You see, when you give everything into His hands, you don’t lose a thing! When you follow Him, He takes what you have and He actually multiplies it back for you to steward. He did that with the feeding of the multitudes. He took all they had: two fish and five loaves. And when we give Him our store of what we once “possessed,” He will bless it, break it, and multiply it back!
Nothing we ever give Him is wasted. It is multiplied, but that can only happen if we relinquish “ownership” and receive the assignment of “stewardship.”
So, here are the questions:
- Do I want ownership, or do I want fruitfulness?
- Do I want to control a molehill or steward a city, a state, a nation?
- Do I want to possess a mud hole or dwell in His temple?
- Do I want to hoard for my myself my own Zippo lighter, or do I want to dwell under His Glory?
I think I will opt for stewardship rather than ownership, and follow Him!
“Father, all I have is yours. How glad I am to give you my feeble remains in order that I may gain your eternal treasures. Nothing I relinquish is ever lost, but if I hang onto it, it will be. In your hands, it is multiplied! I will use what I have been given as a steward and for Your purposes. In Jesus Name, Amen!”